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Reference : V-P-CH-E-00808
Date : 27/11/2011
Caption : Geneva, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices. The event organised by TEDx and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (TEDxRC2). Heather Blanchard.
Photographer : GASSMANN, Thierry
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website 28-11-2011

TEDxRC2: nine figures to multiply the power of humanity

More than 550 people attended the first TEDx event organized by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Sunday 27 November in Geneva. Nine speakers stressed the importance of personal commitment in humanitarian action and the opportunities offered by new technologies in response to crises.


TED is a non-profit organization that stages events and makes them available as webcasts in order to share ideas with the power to bring about peaceful global change. In addition to two major gatherings organized each year, in Long Beach, California and Edinburgh, Scotland, hundreds of TEDx events are held worldwide. On the eve of its 31st International Conference, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement opted for this kind of communication for the first time as a means to reflect on the future of humanitarian action.


That sets the tone. The common thread running through this TED is the personal commitment of exceptional figures who, each in their own way, are trying to make humanitarian crises more bearable. Paul Conneally, head of Communications and Partnership Promotion at the International Telecommunication Union, talks about advances in social media. He believes that new technologies have revolutionized humanitarian action since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. This is a view shared by Heather Blanchard, social entrepreneur and founder of Crisis Commons, who explains how hundreds of volunteers provided assistance following the disaster in Haiti by mapping the evolving situation online.


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